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Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Aromatic Abdominal Massage
In massage school, we learned the proper draping and general techniques for working the abdominal muscles, including the pattern and use of vibration to help the body's elimination process through the large intestine. The abdominal area is one that is often overlooked in a regular massage session, though special techniques might be employed when the abdominal muscles provide a source of relief for muscle and joint pain. However, there are other times when knowledge and application of abdominal massage techniques can truly boost health and quality of life for your client.
When a client or other individual reports having difficulty with proper elimination, adding certain essential oils to a massage blend specifically for that area can boost positive results. In our stressful world, problems with elimination can exist for many. It is often seen, and sometimes expected to occur, in adults as they age. A sluggish metabolism, lack of exercise and diet all play a part. On the more subtle emotional level, there have been losses and there is fear of more to come, causing an unconscious resistance to letting go. Not having healthy, regular eliminations can cause many other issues for the body, as well as the mind. The use of essential oils can allow you to address both the physical and emotional levels in relieving this problem.
Real World Example
I had a client who was in her late 70s and required weekly massage for general stiffness and circulation issues. One day, she revealed that she was seeing a doctor who had not helped her with a chronic problem. She was upset because she didn't know what to do about it now. Apparently, no matter what she tried, she had not had a bowel movement in more than four weeks. I told her that the next time I came to see her, I would be happy to give her an abdominal massage with specific essential oils for this problem. She had already experienced the relaxing and anxiety relieving effects of her regular aromatherapy massage, so she agreed to let me try.
I arrived the following week with a small bottle of a specific blend to relieve constipation that I chose from essential oils suggested in the Clinical Index of The Aromatherapy Practitioner Manual, Vol II, by Sylla Sheppard Hanger. From the list for Laxative properties, I selected sweet fennel (Foeniculum vulagre var. dulce), ginger (Zingiber officinale), sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana), rosemary verbenone (Rosmarinus officinalis var. verbenone) and I added a drop of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis var. dulcis) for overall encouragement, digestive health and to create a more pleasing aroma.
In 1/4 oz of carrier oil, I added one drop of fennel, ginger and rosemary verbenone, and two drops each of sweet marjoram and sweet orange. I applied this blend using traditional massage techniques for the abdomen and the vibrational pattern for the large intestine. I gave the client the remaining blend to apply in the same circular motion over the next few days, if she felt the need.
When I returned, she reported the miracle. It wasn't long after I had left her home that she began releasing, and she had continued to do so daily. She appeared relieved both physically and emotionally by this change for the better and was going to start a program of water exercise. I asked if she had mentioned this to the Doctor. She had, and told me the usual response I would hear after a client had reported other amazing results using essential oils to their physician. He was impressed and encouraging, but not at all interested in studying aromatherapy.
It is important to remember that knowledge of the client and their physiological and psychological make-up at the time is the key to choosing the essences that will work best. The essences I chose have other effects on body, mind and spirit that were also helpful for this specific client. I strongly suggest that, instead of copying the blend I made to use whenever necessary, research a blend for this problem if it is presented, taking other effects of the essential oils listed into account for the specific person involved.
The blend I used might have great results, but there are other essences suggested in the Manual as well as in Chapter 31 in The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia. This chapter focuses on the digestive system and gives other suggestions for essences not mentioned in my blend, such as carrot seed (Daucus carota), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), peppermint (Mentha x piperita) and pine (Pinus silvestris). It also gives an overview of the issue of constipation and other suggestions for the problem that might be suggested to the client. The chapter on digestion will suggest aromatherapy techniques for all the other issues of this system, too.
As with all aspects of using essential oils for self or others, remember to follow proper dilution and safety procedures. Use of certain essential oils may not be appropriate for constipation that occurs during pregnancy or in children under the age of ten.